By Melissa Chapman, cataloging supervisor
Many old films are remade, rebooted and rebranded these days. It is a rarity that they compare, or even exceed the qualities of their predecessors. Blade Runner 2049 has exceeded all expectations. Despite the fact there is a 35-year gap between the original Blade Runner, it is one of the best sequels ever made.
Though the film is long (2 hours, 44 minutes), it is engrossing with unanticipated twists and turns. It flawlessly weaves into the narrative the theme of what it means to be human. The film draws on the original’s strengths, giving it what was always lacking, a powerful story.
The original Blade Runner gave me an appreciation for Sci/Fi and has become my favorite science fiction film.
Warsaw Community Public Library has over 350 science fiction films in their collection. Here are some suggestions you might want to watch.
The 1980’s was overflowing with Sci/Fi films that are worth a watch. Dune, The Thing, E.T. and Batteries not Included are good choices.
Romantic Sci/Fi films normally involve time travel or unrequited love. Passengers, Safety not Guaranteed, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and the Fountain are all commendable.
Sci/Fi movies can also involve comedy and can be fun to watch with a group of friends or family. Ghostbusters, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Idiocracy and Guardians of the Galaxy are some of the best comedy films out there.
What would the Sci/Fi genre be without alien life form? Some of the most engaging films in this genre are Life, The Riddick series, Avatar and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Dystopian films are a standard for science fiction. WCPL has abundance in this genre including Death Race, In Time, Matrix, Snowpiercer, V for Vendetta and Watchmen.
Disaster can happen in every film genre and Sci/Fi is no stranger to mayhem. War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Pacific Rim and Ender’s Game are full of saving the world and annihilation.
Robots play an important role in science fiction. Wall-e, I, Robot, A.I. and Ghost in the Shell are outstanding films involving cyborgs and robots.
Finally yet importantly are the critically acclaimed films. Jurassic Park, Interstellar, District 9, Inception and 2001, a Space Odyssey are movies that are praiseworthy.
Stop in and check out these or one of the many other Sci/Fi films that Warsaw Community Public Library has to offer.